PH coffee industry gets much needed boost from govt
Five government agencies partnered together to bring the Philippine coffee industry back to life through intercropping, nursery development and scholarships for future coffee farmers.
According to Senator Cynthia Villar, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, coffee production in the country has been decreasing 3.9 percent annually over the past ten years, now at 35,000 MT.
Meanwhile, consumption continues to increase. At present, the Philippines’ requirement for coffee was up to 170,000 metric tons per year from 75,000 MT in 2002.
This, according to Villar, present opportunities to coffee farmers and prospective agri-businesses to invest in coffee development.
Through the coffee roadmap, Villar hopes that the Philippines will be able to trim down, if not fully stop the country’s reliance to imported coffee beans.
The country imports about 75,000 to 100,000 MT (roughly P7 to P10 billion) of dried coffee beans from Indonesia and Vietnam.